Getting started with building acoustic standards
Our awareness of the impact that noise has on our daily lives is increasing, as is the role that the building envelope and interior design of a space play in creating good acoustic environments. It makes sense then that legislative requirements and government standards for acoustic design and performance follow suit. Likewise, as updated codes are adopted, so too are the methods for meeting targets set for sound control.
This article discusses the International Building Code requirements for acoustics, voluntary acoustical guidelines, standards in government facilities, provides advice to help you move beyond code compliance in North America toward designing comfortable and productive indoor environments, and much more.
The first article in this series presented a thorough argument about why acoustics need to be considered early in the building design process. To recap, everyone involved in the construction of a new building – from architects and designers, engineers, building owners to contractors, and planners to engineers – share the common goal of ensuring occupant comfort and well-being. Getting acoustics right means consideration of sound isolation requirements, standards specific to your design application, and the goals of the project.
Acoustic design and engineering can be complex, especially when you consider the various bodies involved in legislating the requirements for acoustic performance and selecting appropriately performing systems. Layer that with the myriad voluntary guidelines for meeting the specifications for high-performance structures and you can see the challenge.
At ROCKWOOL, we take an approach that results in more than just good acoustics but occupant comfort, by providing solutions that comply with standards and deliver the best sound experience based on science and proven acoustical engineering practices.
Within this page
Getting started with acoustic standards
PART 1: International Building Code requirements
PART 2: Voluntary acoustic standards and guidelines
PART 3: Standards for acoustics in government facilities
PART 4: Summary of legislative requirements, standards, and voluntary guidelines in building acoustics
PART 5: Advice to help you move beyond definitions and code compliance and toward designing the built environment for acoustic comfort